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The State of Retirement: Grading Americas Public Pension Plans

Can traditional pension plans meet the needs of a modern workforce?

The Urban Institute launched a new interactive web tool, “The State of Retirement: Grading America’s Public Pension Plans.” This unique report card grades plans on retirement income provided to short-term and long-term employees, incentives to attract and retain a productive workforce, and funds set aside to cover promised benefits. 

What does it take to get an “A” and who is failing?  A panel representing the diverse perspectives of researchers, city leaders and unions discussed what the grades mean for government, taxpayers and public employees. 


  • Donald Marron, Institute Fellow and director of Economic Policy Initiatives, Urban Institute

  • Dan Doonan, labor economist, Research and Collective Bargaining Services, AFSCME
  • Richard Johnson, director, Program on Retirement Policy, Urban Institute
  • Stephanie Miner, mayor, City of Syracuse
  • Kim Rueben, director, State and Local Finance Initiative, Urban Institute
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Date & Time Thursday, May 1, 2014
2100 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20037
, DC , 20037
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  • Senior Fellow
    Director, Program on Retirement Policy
  • Institute Fellow
    Director, Economic Policy Initiatives
  • Sol Price Fellow
    Director, State and Local Finance Initiative